Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Food For Thought:
Anytime I hear this language about Son of Man, I can’t help but think of the passage in Luke 19:10 where the writer says, “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” I am reminded that our role as Christians is to seek out and to save the lost. Saving the lost may look very different depending on what circumstance you are thinking of. It might look like a prayer for someone going through a difficult time. It might look like a cup of water for someone that is thirsty. It may be a word of hope in a situation that seems hopeless. It may be a visit to someone who is lonely. Think about a way you can “save the lost” today.
Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome, not only in our concern for others, but by serving them generously and faithfully in your loving name. Amen.